Day Trips Part 2: Zoos, Wildlife Safaris & Fish Hatcheries | Columbus Norfolk Moms

We have just a few weeks of summer left. It’s got us thinking about all the things we haven’t done yet this summer, but still want to do.

This week we continue our Day Trips series, and our list includes zoos, wildlife safaris, and fish hatcheries that would be easy day trips from anywhere in Northeast Nebraska!

Over the next few weeks we are going to be continuing the series of day trips that we are interested in taking and thought you might be too! Make sure to check back for the rest of the posts coming later this summer!

Zoos & Wildlife Safaris

Horn T. Zoo

37692 State Hwy. 22
Monroe, NE 68647
(402) 276-0435

We will be closed to the public for some corporate events this summer, so please watch our Facebook page for those dates.


Saturday and Sunday
only from
11am to 5 pm


Call for prices.

Lee G. Simmons
Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari

16406 N. 292 St.
Ashland, NE 68003
(402) 944-WILD (9453)


Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


$8.00 Adults (12 and over)
$6.00 Children (3-11)
$7.00 Seniors (65 and over)
FREE Children 2 and under

Military Discounts
$7.00 Military Adult (12 and over)
$5.00 Military Child (3-11)
$6.00 Military Senior (65 and over)

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

1222 S 27th St
Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone (402) 475-6741


Daily • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesdays in June, July & August • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Adults: $13.95
Children: $11.95
Kids 1 & under: Free
Seniors: $11.95

Omaha Zoo

3701 S 10th St.
Omaha, NE 68107


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is open year-round except Christmas Day.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, with last last ticketed admission reservation time at 5 p.m.

Buildings will stay open until 6 p.m. with the exception of the Lied Jungle, currently open (upper level only) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Buildings will stay open until 5 p.m. Lied Jungle will close at 3 p.m.

Open Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.



Adults (ages 12 and over): $25.95
Children (ages 3-11): $18.95
Seniors (65 and over): $24.95
Children (2 and under): FREE
Military Adult (12 and over): $24.95
Military Child (ages 3-11): $17.95

March-April & October-November

Adults (ages 12 and over): $20.95
Children (ages 3-11): $13.95
Seniors (65 and over): $19.95
Children (2 and under): FREE
Military Adult (12 and over): $19.95
Military Child (ages 3-11): $12.95


Adults (ages 12 and over): $16.95
Children (ages 3-11): $10.95
Seniors (65 and over): $15.95
Children (2 and under): FREE
Military Adult (12 and over): $15.95
Military Child (ages 3-11): $9.95

Fish Hatcheries

Calamus Fish Hatchery

42254 Hatchery Road | Burwell, NE 68823
Phone: (308) 346-4226

(7 miles northwest of Burwell at the base of the Virginia Smith Dam on the east side of the Calamus Reservoir.)

Visitors are welcome at Calamus Fish Hatchery during normal working hours. An interpretive display is located in the main hatchery building. Contact the hatchery in advance to schedule a tour of the facilities.

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery

31227 436th Ave. | Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: (605) 665-3352

Open 10:00 – 5:00, 7 days/week through Labor Day.

Hatchery Building:
Closed until further notice

Outdoor facilities:
Open 7:00 – 5:00, 7 days/week

Grove Trout Rearing Station

52072 864th Road | Royal, NE 68773
Phone: (402) 893-5468

(2 miles east and 1 mile north of Royal, NE)

The fish production area and visitor shelter is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, seven days a week with limited services from September 30th to May 1st.

Currently closed to visitors until further notice as of July 22, 2021. Definitely call to make sure this one is back open before you head out for a visit.

Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery

70995 Rock Creek Road | Parks, NE 69041
Phone: (308) 423-2080

(7 miles northwest of Parks at the headwaters of Rock Creek.)

The Rock Creek Hatchery is open to the public and visitors are welcome to take a tour of the facilities. Permits and agency information are also available.

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